An American Ascent

Andy Adkins, George Potter | 2015 | 50 min.

2016 Official Selection

The first African-American expedition to tackle Denali (aka Mt. McKinley, North America’s highest peak), sheds light on the complex relationship many African-Americans have with the outdoors. As the United States transitions to a “minority majority” nation, a staggering number of people of color do not identify with America’s wild places. By embarking on the grueling multi-week climb of 20,237ft Denali, these climbers try to bridge this “adventure gap” – challenging outdated notions of what adventure looks like by changing the face of America’s biggest and baddest mountain on the 100th anniversary of its first summit.